An AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1)by Megan Shepherd 

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid and trying to forget the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he’s alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she’s determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father’s new life: he experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H.G. Wells’s classic The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

My Review: 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Recommendation: Yes, horror fans will love this!

Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library. No spoilers.

This book is a trip. I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau but I don’t even think H.G. Wells could’ve come up with this. 

From the start Megan Shepherd set the mood for this as a dark retelling, where anything can happen. Every character has their secrets and reasons for how they are and Juliet is no exception. Once she set her mind to something she did it no matter the consequences. 

I’m not a huge fan of love triangles and this was no exception. I felt Juliet had bigger fish to fry than worry about two guys. 

If you’re a horror fan you will love this! The author created such suspense and vivid imagery that I had to stop sometimes and go WTF but in a good way. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with this book until the last page, I promise. 

Dr. Moreau was the perfect villain for this story and seeing Juliet struggle with the idea her father might actually be a monster is fascinating. 

There are two other books in this series that follow Juliet but I don’t really know if I want to read the sequels. In my opinion I thought this was a great standalone but who knows maybe one day I’ll pick them up.


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